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S. 51: Washington, D.C. Admission Act

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A bill to provide for the admission of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union.

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Sponsor and status

Thomas Carper

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Delaware. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 26, 2021
Length: 99 pages
Jan 26, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 26, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 26, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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45 Cosponsors (44 Democrats, 1 Independent)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
See Instead

H.R. 51 (same title)
Passed House (Senate next) — Apr 22, 2021


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Carper Reiterates Call for D.C. Statehood After Senate Committee Advances D.C. Judges
    — Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE] (Sponsor) on Oct 7, 2021

Norton Introduces Resolution Honoring D.C. Veterans, Who Served Their Nation Despite Being Denied Voting Representation in Congress and Full Home Rule
    — Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton [D-DC] on Nov 9, 2021

Norton Resolution Recognizes D.C. Servicemembers in Advance of Memorial Day
    — Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton [D-DC] on May 27, 2021

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Jan 26, 2021

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Jun 22, 2021
Considered by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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Signed by the President

S. 51 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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